Lovett forced another turnover, this time a fumble by Tyran Dobbs to end the first quarter, and turned that into its second score of the game just three plays later.
Dobbs fumbled at the Lions 37-yard line, and Lovett running back Crawford Schwieger took it 62 yards near the goal line on the first play of the ensuing drive. He broke free around right end and missed a touchdown by a shoestring tackle that brought him down inches short of pay dirt. Two plays later, sophomore quarterback Blaine McAllister found senior wide receiver Evan McKown in the front right corner of the end zone to make it 14-0.
“Turnovers are big in any game, but in the playoffs, it just creates such a big swing,” Muschamp said. “I’m proud of how the kids responded both times and were able to get points. (Bremen) is a physical team, and we responded well.”
Bremen (9-2), meanwhile, couldn’t take advantage of its opportunities. It forced three turnovers, in addition to three other Lovett fumbles that Lions got back, and failed to score on each. The Blue Devils also forced a turnover on downs at the 2-yard line, but immediately snapped the ball out of the back of the end zone on the first play of the ensuing drive for a safety.
That play came midway through the third quarter with the game still within reach. The safety made it 16-0, however, and – as it had all game – Lovett turned the fortuitous opportunity into more points with an 11-yard touchdown run by Jackson to make it 22-0.
McAllister added a 2-yard touchdown and Henry Beery a 29-yard field goal to close out the scoring.
Overall, the Lovett defense allowed just 121 yards of total offense and took the ball away three times.
“George Pribish is our defensive coordinator, and he just does an outstanding job of preparing our kids and putting them in great positions to make plays,” Muschamp said of the defensive effort.
The Lions were led on offense by Schwieger’s 118 yards rushing, Jackson’s two touchdowns, and McAllister’s 154 yards and two touchdowns passing.